The Men

Performance of the week

All in the family at North and South

 

Ty Strafaci followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by winning the North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Strafaci defeated William Holcomb V 3&1 in the final.

 

Frank Strafaci, who died in 1988, 10 years before Ty was born, won the 1938 and 1939 North & South Amateur. They are the only grandfather/grandson duo to win the prestigious title.

 

Recent George Tech graduate Ty jumps 43 places to 63rd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Holcomb is 52 rankings better off in 79th.

 

Manzoni becomes Italian number two

 

Giovanni Manzoni climbs 34 positions to 157th following victory in the Gran Premio Castellos di Tolcinasco. Manzoni, who plays college golf at Lynn University, sandwiched a 68 between rounds of 67 for a 202 total. It is Manzoni’s first win since last year’s Swiss International Amateur Championship, and makes him Italy’s second highest ranked player behind world number 87 Andrea Romano.

 

Home joy for Tichy

 

Vaclav Tichy moves inside the top 400 by winning the Czech Amateur Tour 2 tournament at Dysina Golf Club. Tichy returned scores of 73, 72 and 72 for a 217 tally and a three-shot victory. He becomes the Czech Republic’s third highest ranked player with a jump of 51 places to 365th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg moves 24 places to 14th, his highest WAGR® position, after winning the Katrineholm Open hosted by Robert Karlsson.

 

Top 50 movers

 

American Scott Harvey and Swede Albin Bergstrom join the top 50. Harvey makes a four-ranking rise to 47th, while Bergstrom moves three spots to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Mykhailo Golod of the Ukraine climbs 1,309 positions to 4,775th after winning the Ukrainian Open Amateur Team Championship.

The Women

Performances of the week

Kouskova becomes Czech number one

 

Sara Kouskova becomes the Czech Republic’s top ranked player by winning the Czech Amateur Tour 2 tournament. Kouskova overtakes former Czech Republic number one Tereza Meleck by moving six positions to 64th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Meleck is the world’s 68th best player.

 

Kouskova, who attends the University of Texas at Austin, returned scores of 72, 68 and 75 at Dysina Golf Club. Her 215 total gave her a six-shot victory. It marked a one place improvement from her previous outing: she finished runner up in the Czech Amateur Tour 1 two weeks ago. It is Kouskova’s first victory since the 2018 Czech International Junior U18 & U21 Championship.

Albertazzi hits heights in Andalucia

 

Spain’s Valentina Albertazzi reaches her highest position on the WAGR® table with victory in the Campeonato Internacional Absoluto de Andalucia at La Canada Golf Club. Her closing 4-under 66 gave her a 209, four under, total. She won by eight shots and climbs 45 places on this week’s WAGR® table to 344th.

 

Lillie dominates Donna Andrews

 

Beth Lillie was simply untouchable over the final two rounds of the Donna Andrews Invitational at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg, Virginia. After an opening 1-over 73, the University of Virginia student closed with rounds of 69 and 67. She was the only player to return two sub-70 scores. Her 7-under 209 aggregate gave her a six-shot victory. The Fullerton, California resident climbs 49 positions to 310th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Carla Tejedo of Spain is the only new top 50 entry, with a one-ranking move to 50th. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement 

 

Korea’s Lee Yeon Seo takes the plaudits for the biggest move of the week. She jumps 524 rankings to 2,122nd.

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